All-inclusive wedding packages are the most popular with today’s busy real brides. Many venues offer an all-in-one service, leaving you free to concentrate on the finer details. But what exactly do you get with an all-inclusive wedding package? As an rough guide, you should expect the following elements to appear…

  1. Arrival drink
  2. Ceremony room hire
  3. Canapés and fizz for drinks reception
  4. Three-course sit-down meal with fizz for the toast (some packages may include basic house wine, which you can upgrade if you wish)
  5. Evening reception room hire
  6. In-house disco or DJ
  7. Cold evening buffet

Most venues will quote an all-inclusive prices based on a set number of guests – this is usually 50. You may have to pay extra if you have more guests joining you in the evening. You’ll find the best all-inclusive wedding package deals if you can move quickly. Arranging your wedding in three months or less may mean a substantial discount on basic all-inclusive services. Venues would rather fill the space than have buildings sat empty. Mid-week, last-minute or superstitious dates will bag you the best deals, so shop around. For example, a quick search on late-availability websites revealed the following deals (please note these may not still be available, and are for illustration purposes only)…

the-fennes-essex-wedding-venueThursday 17th May 2012
The Fennes, Essex
Exclusive use, one drink, three-course meal, half bottle of wine per guest, sparkling wine for the toast, evening buffet, overnight stay in the bridal cottage and the Fennes DJ
£4,300 including VAT



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leez-prior-essex-wedding-venueWednesday 13th June 2012
Leez Priory, Essex
Choice of ceremony setting, Exclusive use of Leez Priory for six hours, events co-ordinator, three-course sit-down meal with wine and a choice of welcome drink or toast wine, house floral decorations
£2,400 including VAT


I believe that, on the whole, all-inclusive wedding packages do represent good value for money. They also take a lot of the stress out of organising everything on your own. In most cases, venues will have an in-house co-ordinator who can help source extra suppliers if needed and take control of things on the day.

Choosing all-inclusive wedding packages also enables you to keep strict control of your budget. It’s one set fee, so you know exactly how much left you’ve got to spend on other things like outfits, decorations, transport and extra entertainment.